- Myth: All facial fillers and wrinkle removers are good, but various fillers do different things; what’s appropriate for one condition – like Botox or Dysport for crow’s feet – may not be the right for, say, lip fillers. Before your appointment, read up on which facial fillers are appropriate for which areas.
- Myth: Any cosmetic plastic surgeon can put fillers under the eyes. Facial fillers can certainly correct depressions under the eyes, but you need a plastic surgeon who has done the procedure for years. Why? Fillers in the wrong place around the eyes can be risky and cause very serious complications.
- Myth: Getting facial fillers is painful. Imagine lip injections! Cosmetic surgeons know all about pain control and use it liberally. Topical (spread on your skin) numbing agents are plentiful and make the syringe work go smoothly with no discomfort. In some sensitive locations like the lips, your doctor may add on a dental block too. Another reason not to get apprehensive: most hyaluronic injectables contain lidocaine, a powerful pain killer.
(For a weathered, aged, wrinkled face consider chemical wrinkle remover.)
- Myth: You’ll become addicted. No addictive agent is used, so your face can’t cause addiction. What actually causes that rumor: you are very likely to love the look of your face so you’ll go back continually. Perhaps. But hyaluronic acid facial fillers are made to last between six months and two years, depending on what’s used and where. Hyaluronic acid is slowly absorbed by the body, but may leave behind some new collagen growth. (Collagen is the main structural protein found in connective tissue; so, the more, the better.)
- Myth: Filler injections are easy for others to see. Make sure your doctor has injected fillers for several years and does so weekly. Actually, the only fillers others notice are overdone or misplaced. Board-certified dermatologists, facial plastic surgeons or cosmetic surgeons with years of experience can do the job.
- Look younger forever with a permanent filler! Not quite. Use all the known permanent facial fillers, but your face will still continue to age. As we get older, facial bone under goes a very gradual decline while soft tissues lose volume. A permanent filler would cause an unnatural look and maybe even be in the wrong position ten years after the procedure.